Category Transportation

Egypt, Part Four

November 6 – 17 We returned to the Hotel AraCan to clean up and relax before taking off for the central train station and our overnight journey to Aswan.  This would be the first time for Joanna and I to spend a night in a sleeper compartment (we’ve done some overnights early in our marriage […]

Amtrak – Flix Bus Weekend, Part Two

September 26 – 30 Arriving so late Thursday night meant we did nothing more than hop into bed for a good night’s rest.  The next day we killed time until Kim and Marty arrived from the airport and checked into their hotel on Broadway, where we met them and walked together to one of our […]

Amtrak – Flix Bus Weekend, Part One

September 26 – 30 Camping at Jalama Beach State Park earlier in the month whetted our appetite for a trip we’d long thought about taking, that is to ride the train to or from Oakland to see Jessica and Kris.  After examining our options, we decided that going to the Bay Area would be the […]

Holiday 2014 – The Long Drive East, Part Two

January 26-30, 2015 Compared to our first couple of days on the road, our drive to Mobile seemed short at about six hours. Interstate 10 takes you past New Orleans and through Bayou Country, miles upon miles of swamp bordering each side of the highway. A stop at a Chik-fil-A netted us a chicken sandwich, […]

Holiday 2014 – The Long Drive East, Part One

January 26-30, 2015 We set off the morning of Monday, January 26th to begin what would be a number of long days of driving. Our plan was to put in ten hours plus to Las Cruces, New Mexico, then twelve hours to Houston, Texas for two nights with Stephanie and Lee, a short six hour […]

Holiday 2014 – Encinitas Revisited

January 23-25, 2015 With just a short drive to Encinitas on tap for the day, we dawdled a bit at Joanna’s Mom’s house, taking her out to breakfast to Maxwell’s Café on Washington east of Lincoln. Here’s a review for it that I wrote for Trip Advisor: I’ve been going to Maxwell’s Cafe since the […]

Holiday 2014 – Los Angeles – Time to Connect with the Past, Part Two

The next few days would hold more of the same activity, getting together with the many friends we still have in the Los Angeles area. Ron and I met up late morning on Wednesday and had an enjoyable nearly forty-mile bike ride down to the fountain at Malaga Cove. The day before I’d done a […]

Holiday 2014 – Los Angeles; Time to Connect with the Past

January 19-22, 2015 The drive to Los Angeles on Monday went quickly enough, traveling the familiar I-5 south through Central Valley farmland and cattle ranches. We’ve registered countless thousands of miles of travel on this stretch of highway and watched it develop from a lone ribbon of concrete with virtually no services to a heavily […]

Holiday 2014 – Oakland – City Lights at Night, Part Two

January 16-18, 2015 Given the whirlwind of activity we engaged in during our prior stay in Oakland, we decided to keep this visit a bit lower key. That meant a relaxing morning in the apartment, catching up on reading and other small chores and then a short trek up to Berkeley in the afternoon to […]

Holiday 2014 – Oakland – City Lights at Night

January 16-18, 2015 We packed up for an early start the morning of Friday the 16th, preparing for the anticipated nine hours of driving it would take us to get to Oakland and any troublesome road conditions we might encounter. I’d washed the car the day before at a self-service establishment as its prior condition, […]